An eight-hour, lake-effect storm dropped 3 feet of snow on northern New York state Sunday, stranding travelers as record cold kept its hold on the East.
"It's very fluffy, but when it's coming down on your windshield you still can't see," said State Trooper Charles Weigel in Pulaski, N.Y., off Lake Ontario about 35 miles north of Syracuse. "We're fortunate when it was coming down we didn't have any wind or drifting."
Authorities said roads were plowed by early afternoon, allowing motorists to resume their journeys, but snow from a storm out of Canada began falling over most of Upstate New York in early evening, again clogging roads. A lake-effect storm has the effect of dropping more snow near the shores of large lakes.
Morning lows dropped to the single digits and teens over much of the Northeast and as far south as the Carolinas. Record lows were set in Apalachicola, Fla., with 28 degrees and in Lynchburg, Va., where the low was 7.
Midwest Gets Break
The Midwest got a break from cold fronts that kept most of the region below freezing all last week. Medford, in north-central Wisconsin, reported a rise in temperature from 21 below Saturday to 20 above Sunday.
The warming trend stretched across the Plains where low temperatures were mostly in the 30s. Warmer air also spread across the upper Mississippi Valley where temperatures climbed 10 to 15 degrees in the early morning.
But very cold temperatures prevailed over the northern Plateau with the temperature in Boise, Ida., dropping to 4 degrees below zero, the 12th consecutive day that the city's low was zero degrees or colder. Its record for most consecutive days of zero degrees or below is 14, set in January, 1888.
Elsewhere, rainshowers were scattered over southeastern North Dakota and over the southern tip of Texas.